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Wanted: A Few Good Examples Summit-goers say public needs evidence of high-speed rail benefits HIGH-SPEED TRAINS WON’T get out of the political station in North America unless the public can see shining examples of how they work and better understand economic benefits to communities. These themes emerged frequently during the Railway Association of Canada’s North American High-Speed Rail Summit in early November. The consensus from Canadian and international speakers was that a $10 billion plan for an initial segment – between Sacramento in northern California to San Diego in the south – has the best chance of immediate success and favourable notice all over the continent. Winning over doubting politicians, government officials and the public will require continued reminders of residential, commercial and other business development opportunities that would spring up around stations along the train routes. Rod Diridron, a leading figure in California’s high-speed initiative, said he and other advocates are experiencing a tremendous sense of relief “after years of feeling like we were pushing a rock up the hill. We’ve entered an exciting period of time in North America. After 40 years of priority on light rail, commuter and intercity trains, high speed is moving to the fore.” He credits President Obama’s plan to bring high-speed trains to the continued on page 22 Interchange Winter 2010 21

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Interchange - Winter 2010

Interchange - Winter 2010
Table of Contents
President’s Message
Côté Helped Change VIA’s Culture
High-Speed Trains Proven Around the World
Putting Teeth in Trespass Prevention
The Class of 2009
Moving the Olympic Spirit
Industry News and Developments
Index to Advertisers

Interchange - Winter 2010